My Corona free School – Lima, Peru

  • Cerrito Azul is a school for disabled children in Lima, Peru

Devolping a hygiene concept for Cerrito Azul – a school for disabled children in Lima

In 2019 we met Mariana Vidal from BluoVerda Deutschland e.V. through the recommendation of one of our Summer Academy participants. Mariana is Peruvian, she lives since ten years in Dresden and holds a doctoral degree from the TU Dresden. Together with other friends, most of them from Latin Americaand also specialist in natural resource management, she founded BluoVerda which supports and initiates environmental projects in South America. BluoVerda’s philosophy and approach, and of course it’s pool of founders and members who all are fantastically trained experts, made it a perfect partner to Weltweit e.V. 

In 2020 we started our first project together that was an online workshop on Geographic Information Systems for project monitoring. Shortly after Mariana proposed to apply for some funding support that would help Cerrito Azul to overcome the Corona crisis. Cerrito Azul is a school for disabled children in Lima and Mariana knew the founder Jorge from her childhood days. Both went to the Humboldt School in Lima, Peru, and ever since kept regular contact. The initiation of this project was therefore an affair of the heart, but one that followed our main principle of success: personal insights. 

A life work in support of children with disabilities. Over the past 28 years, Jorge Paredes, founder of Cerrito Azul, has adapted four buildings donated by the church or private sources into a primary and secondary school, a workshop and an orphan house. The schools allow that more than 120 children with disabilities (autism and down syndrome) can receive an education. The orphans’ house is currently home of seven young adults/teenagers (between 15 and 30 years old) with disabilities that live at the Cerrito Azul Center permanently.

Our organisations are helping Cerrito Azul, whereby Bluoverda Deutschland e.V. supports Weltweit in educating students and teachers about, as well as providing them with, hygiene equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. In close collaboration with Jorge and his colleague Mariella we designed numerous posters for the school to create awareness on how to wash hands and keep social distance, as well as provide the equipment to do so. 

On top of that, we had contact with the Hans-Thoma Schule, a school for children with disabilities in Oberursel, Germany. Dedicated teachers from this school shared their experiences with Jorge and Mariella and thereby inspired them greatly on how a hygiene concept that effectively contains the virus should look like. Ideally, this productive first contact of both schools will develop into a long lasting partnership. 

This project is supported by:

Biannual Newsletter out

despite the chaotic situation that COVID-19 has caused, a lot of things have happened in the first half of this year. We have tried to report about most of it in our Newsletter that came out end of July.

Thanks a lot to Anita Jakubowski for reviewing and making the German-English a bit more English-English.

Salinization of Maputo’s horticultural soils

Participatory Agronomic Research:

Tackling the Salinity Issue of Maputo’s peri-urban Vegetable Farmers

„Piloting of Strategies to Mitigate Impacts of Salinity in Horticultural Systems of Mozambique“

The idea to this project evolved some time back, in 2018 when Jakob and Matias conducted an exploratory field study on the prevailing issue of soil salinity within the peri-urban vegetable producing areas in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Jakob, one of our newest members at Weltweit, is a recent graduate of the master course ‘Agriculture and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics‘ from  the University of Bonn. University contacts led him to Maputo and the ‘University Eduardo Mondlande’ (UEM), Mozambique’s most renowned educational institution, to realise his masters project. Its objective was to explore the causes, extent, and local perception of soil salinity within Maputo’s peri-urban vegetable production areas. The 10.000 plus farmers who cultivate the local coastal lowlands are ensuring the city’s supply with fresh vegetable produce. Unfortunately, they are constrained in their farming activities by several agronomic problems. While high pest pressure, unfavourable precipitation patterns (exacerbated by climate change effects) and constrained access to adequate farming inputs are rather well known and understood challenges, soil salinity is a hitherto hardly studied issue.

Jakob, in his research efforts, not only enjoyed crucial supervision by the ‘Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering’ of the UEM, but received equally strong support from Matias, representing the ‘Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Extension’ (DAPPE) of the Municipality of Maputo as its technical coordinator. Matias initially introduced Jakob to the local farmer organisations and its members, and eventually even became an active research partner, helping shape the study. He holds a Master degree in Soil Science from the University of Lavras in Brazil and has worked for DAPPE for 8 years. During this time, he has kept a foot in the field of agricultural sciences; having participated in several research projects as a consultant and working as a part time lecturer.

Jakob’s and Matia’s study, which was finally concluded in 2019, revealed that soil salinity indeed constitutes a major constraint to Maputo’s agricultural system. The local causes for salinization are complex; including hydrological mismanagement, urbanisation, sea-level rise and climate change aspects. Farmers are struggling with declining yields, complete degradation and loss of formerly agriculturally used land, along with a lack of capacity to sustainably manage the salinity problem. Looking for practical solutions to that dilemma, Jakob and Matias realised, however, that relevant application oriented agricultural research on salinity in the context of vegetable production is practically nonexistent. The vast available literature is restricted to fundamental research, mostly conducted in controlled greenhouse environments, and thus is barely geared towards direct applicability in smallholder farming contexts. Nonetheless, it indicates a large pool of potential agronomic solutions, including i.e. improved irrigation management (e.g. drip irrigation systems), mulching, adapted application patterns of composts, manures and conventional fertilizes, biofertilizer formulations, use of alternative salt tolerant crops, adapted cropping patterns and rotations. This realization constituted the actual starting point of our project. Jakob and Matias were interested in experimenting with management approaches as suggested by the pertinent literature and eventually identifying practical solutions adapted to the local farming realities.

Since then they forged ahead with turning this idea into reality. Following the elaboration of a detailed project plan, they looked for the right institutional partnerships and eventually brought together a consortium of 4 specialized institutions. DAPPE as the main implementing institution will be locally supported by ABIODES, a Mozambican NGO experienced in offering agro-ecological extension services to farmers, as well as the ‘Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering’ of the UEM. Weltweit assumes a coordinating function, supporting the project in terms of fundraising, public relations and the like. These initial efforts have been fruitful and we are looking forward to the project start in September 2020; grateful for the confirmed financial support of the ‘Conservation, Food & Health Foundation’ and the ‘Hand-in-Hand Fonds’.

In a nutshell, the principal objective of the project is to make the vast theoretical knowledge that exists on soil salinity and vegetable production tangible, and to put it into action. The project aims at a highly participatory approach and follows a modular logic. At the centre stands the combined realisation of Farmer Field Schools and scientific field trials. The idea is to actively involve representatives of the local farming community in the research and experimentation process. They will help select the agronomic approaches to be tested, take care of the experimental sites, and critically evaluate the experiments’ outcome. At the same time, the involvement of the UEM will ensure scientific tenability. Ideally, the project will lead to the identification and dissemination of feasible solutions for the local farming community, and concurrently generate generalizable scientific insights, thus contributing to pertinent international research and extension efforts. As a complementary module, the acquisition of modern mobile soil sensing equipment and the establishment of a GIS-based salinity monitoring system is envisaged. Such a system will allow the local authorities henceforth to make better informed land management decisions within Maputo’s valuable agricultural green belt.

The objective is to conduct the project’s experimental activities over several successive years and growing seasons; regularly informing here on its progress and milestones.

The partners in this project are:

This project is supported by:

Innovationsförderung Hessen

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Upcoming GIS and Social Entrepreneurship Workshops

Together with our Partnerorganisation BluoVerda e.V. we are organizing a digital workshop on open source GIS software (QGIS and OpenForis) starting on the 24. of June.

From 8th to 11th of September we are taking part in the workshop organization about Social Entrepreneurship. It is planned to be held physically in Duisburg. The host and main organizer is the Life Learning Development e.V.

„Who owns the water?“ Studium Generale Modul at the Frankfurt University of Applied Science

In the winter semester 2019/20, together with Prof. Christian Hähnlein and Fabian Riemenschneider, we offered a module for the Studium Generale at the Frankfurt University of Applied Science, in which we discussed and worked on the water project in Tanzania. The students got an insight into the living situation of the rural population of Tanzania and an understanding of the complexity of the development project work.


Through our first project experience we realized that the Universities teach a cutting edge science but this science remains theory as the students are not taught how to turn it into practice. Hands-on tools and practical methods to manage a project are not part of the curriculum at most uni programmes.

In 2018 we therefore started to organize workshops on project managment. We invite experience lecturers while some of the topics we already feel confident enough to teach ourselves. All workshops given so far by us and together with our partner organisation from the Action Network are listed below, including the evaluations from the participants.

The main target group for our trainings are of course also international students. As for the M&E workshops we are working on a system where we match the participants with projects in their home countries. The students become junior evaluators through the skills taught by us and then get the assignment to evaluate the projects from other organisations.

„Measuring What Works“

2,5 days M&E Workshop in Frankfurt, July 2018

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„Measuring What Works“

M&E Workshop in Bonn, October 2018

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„Implement & Control“

4,5 days Project Planning, M&E Workshop in Frankfurt, March 2019

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Summer Academy 2019

6 days Project Planning, M&E, Storytelling Workshop in Bad Soden, July 2019

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Online GIS workshop Juni/Juli 2020

„Project Monitoring And Reporting – Introduction to Geographic Methods using Open-Source Software“

GIS workshop held together online with BluoVerda e.V. in June/July 2020

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Zukunft | Klima | Sommer | Camp

5 days challenge based workshop on climate change for youth age 12-16 in Hofheim, August 2020, in partnership with 2811, GeWissenSchaffen, Ecokids, Clèment Stiftung

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Social Entrepreneurship Workshop September 2020

„Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem Workshop“

4 days Social Business Workshop in Duisburg organized by Life Learning Development e.V., September 2020

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LLDeV Social Enterpreneurship – Participants Evaluation


Online Summer Academy 2020

25 days Project Planning, M&E, Storytelling Workshop online, September-October 2020

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„Project Monitoring And Reporting – Introduction to Geographic Methods using Open-Source Software“

GIS workshop held together online with BluoVerda e.V. in November/December 2020

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